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News

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Work would be great if it weren't for the people

Jean on the Job

Have you heard the sentiment in this title before? "I sure could get some work done if it weren't for the people around me." Or "I do just fine when no one interrupts me ... or interferes ... or wants information ... or suggests anything ... or wants it their way."

There is a new book out by Ronna Lichtenberg, called "Work Would Be Great If It Weren't For the People." Cleverly, she included a jacket undercover which you can switch if the boss comes along. Dan O'Donnell, my Rotary colleague, loaned me the book. The inside cover is called "Another Great Day at the Office; Winning Strategies for Working with the Wise and Wonderful."

Of course, it is easier for some people to work alone. They seem to think it is more efficient just to make one decision - not a consensus one, or a majority one or a democratic one. If you find yourself bothered by the people around you, take a look at your working style. If you do live in a collaborative world that requires cooperation and sharing data, it is as important to learn to get along with your colleagues as it is to learn the content and processes of your tasks.

The triple trap for the introverted worker is 1.) that his internal processing slows down or masks the big picture for others; 2.) He doesn't really want to explain the way his mind works; and 3.) He feels frustrated by having to process out loud.

I hear too late: "But we told John to make people as important as his projects." John didn't get it. He saw his colleagues as interference and he just couldn't accept that two or 12 heads were better than his own. Brainstorming does take time. Persuading others does take time. Compromising does take time. Being a good listener does take time. In the long run, however, a cooperative project or decision is more efficient. You get consensual buy-in. Everyone knows why you have made the decision. Everyone knows how the decision came about. Nearly everyone will want to cooperate with the decision, even when it was not his or her own idea.

Without consensual decisions, your ideas must withstand the backlash, sabotage, and the misunderstanding around it, and the possible multiple directions which an unclear goal creates.

If you don't love working with people, ask others to try to understand your impatience. This means explaining yourself, of course. The very thing you hate to do! But do it anyway. Sit folks down and tell them what an independent thinker you are and ask them to be patient with your frustration. You can even ask to have your own way now and then, just for the heck of it. Encourage others to remind you when you seem to be doing solo again, and ask them to give you updates on how you are doing.

Jean A. Hollands, CEO, Growth & Leadership Center, was voted Business Woman of the Year in 1986 and 1996. Write to GLC, 1451 Grant Road, Mountain View, 94040.

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